GEOLOGY is a fascinating subject addressing fundamental scientific questions such as the origin of Earth, evolution of life and diversity of the rocks that cover the surface of our planet.
At Curtin Sarawak, the Curtin Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) course offered under the Department of Applied Geology of the university’s School of Engineering and Science is structured in consultation with industry and designed to provide professional training in exploration and applied geology.
Curtin Sarawak’s location in Miri, a key hub of the East Malaysian oil and gas industry and near large-scale processing and manufacturing industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), as well as an area renowned for its geological wonders, offers tremendous opportunities for industry exposure and fieldwork.
The three-year course combines a comprehensive theoretical background with strong emphasis on practical applications. Further enriching the learning experience is fieldwork – at least one subject will include a field trip every semester.
Where extracurricular activities are concerned, the students have the opportunity to join the Curtin Geology Club. They are given the opportunity to participate in local and international events such as the European Association of Geoscientist and Engineers (EAGE) and the Formation Evaluation Society Malaysia (FESM) joint regional conference and are encouraged to participate in competitions and vie for industry awards. At the Schlumberger Ocean Plug-in Competition held in Kuala Lumpur last year, a team comprising applied geology and engineering students came in second with their “3DModelPDF” plug-in entry.
To ensure that students gain an industry-relevant learning experience, the university’s mineralogy lab, sedimentology lab, geophysics lab, chemistry lab, GIS lab and petroleum geochemistry lab are equipped with the latest technology, including Schlumberger-licensed industry-standard software for processing and interpreting geoscience, reservoir and production related data for reservoir modelling and simulation.
These applied and exploration aspects of the course, and the students’ extensive industry exposure in Miri, account for particularly strong demand for Curtin Sarawak’s geology graduates within the oil and gas industry.
Graduates of the course typically find employment in industries involved in mineral and petroleum exploration, groundwater exploration, environmental management and energy resource development programmes.
The Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) degree is accredited by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australian Institute of Geoscientists and Geological Society of Australia International Association of Hydrogeologists.
In Malaysia, it is recognised by the Malaysian Education Ministry and Public Services Department, and through the Washington Accord, to which both Australia and Malaysia are signatories. The qualification is also recognised by participating nations such as Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Canada and New Zealand.
Furthermore, Curtin’s degrees are awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework, a single nationwide system designed to ensure qualifications are recognised and accepted throughout the world.